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Section 1: Project Introduction
Background Information of the Company
Just like Flicker, Wikimedia, Snapchat, Pinterest etc. Neom too was formed on the basis of interaction. The innovative internet-based company was formed in 2006 and has experienced a lot of transformations since its inception to the where it is now. In 2006, barely two years after the dawn of website usage in the world, Neom was started as a blogging site as well as a social network. Despite the fact that it was not the only website in use at the moment, with competition from the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, Neom was rated the fastest growing website in the first three months it had been in operation. By three months, it had attained 4 million users compared to 2.5 million, 2.8 million, 3 million, and 3.5 million users of Twitter, MySpace, Google, and Facebook respectively. This was contributed by opening websites to everyone above the age of 14. The introduction of smart phones in 2007 enabled many people to access network across the United States and around the world, this doubled the number of website users and the percentage that was using Neom by this time had gone a notch higher to 189 million users annually with over 10 million web pages translating to over 100 million daily queries, 750 million images, and 890 million messages. Due to its high market potential, Neom was approached by its competitors for a merger but it declined in 2009. By 2011, the company had grown to host millions of websites that were now used by over 400 million users, and currently stands at 500 million users with over 900million web pages. This state of operations has made the company attain the $35 million dollar gross revenue that it is enjoying at the moment.
Type of Business Activities that Neom is involved in;
Like all the other Social Medias, Neom is involved in the business of include;
Website development – since it was started as a blogging site as well as a social network operator, Neom is actively involved in the creation of new websites that will make it attract more and more people to it. Through these websites, the company is able to create a platform for interactions for its users.
Advertising – Neom is involved in business agreements with other types of businesses that give it content to air in their websites for its users to see. Through this, the company is actively helping out other businesses to showcase their products.
Provision of internet service – in order to run website applications, every internet-based company must be in a position to provide the kind of service that will facilitate web application. As a result of this, Neom is involved in the provision of internet services to its users to enable it run its operations for the benefit of its users.
Outsourcing and Off shoring Opportunities
The term off shoring is used to refer to a process where multi-national companies employ the service of low wage workers in low wage countries. As a result of this, the company sends jobs to these countries as a way of saving on their expenses and tries to make or recover profit.
Outsourcing is used to refer to a process where the government employs the services of low wage workers in low wage countries. By so doing, the government gives out contracts to countries that will manage to work on the same job at a lower cost than using its nationals who charge higher. Just like every other company in the market, Neom has not been an exception. In order to stand a chance of maintaining its bottom line, the company has been forced to offshore some of its jobs to low wage countries. This has led to the reduction of number of employees from 75 to the current 25 employees.
Neom’s Current Information System
The operating system is the central unit of every internet-based company. Through this unit, the company stands in a position to serve all its users without failing a single command. Because of this, every internet-based company must ensure that it invests heavily on the required up-to-date technological components that will facilitate its operations. This includes networking hardware’s as well as software’s that will facilitate network connections.
The purpose of an operating system is to coordinate access application by the computer. It contains;
Search – despite the fact that not all internet-based companies have established their own web search due to the complexity involved in their creation, many have left this capability to the two existing leaders in the market i.e. Microsoft and Google. Neom and the rest of the eight most successful internet-based companies share in the platform that allows for search engine sharing.
Media Access – as an internet-based company, Neom is mandated to give access to its users the various types of media. These Medias include e-books, web pages, presentations, downloadable applications that only works if the operating system has an infrastructure of common technology than just the search engine. These include; access control, analytics and instrumentation, and caching.
Communication – Neom has been in the position that has enabled it to witness the growth of internet communication from simple emailing and chatting to video and audio communication.
Social Graph and identity – it is well known that every internet-based company that provides communication as a social network system must have its own content of social data. This gives the company a social graph that enables it to evaluate its stand in the competitive market.
Payment – the reason that Neom stands at a position of making $35 million dollars on a yearly basis has been made possible by the millions of credit cards that its users use to pay for the songs, e-books, applications, and videos they purchase on the company’s websites.
Advertising – the availability of e-commerce in social media has been facilitated by the use of advertising that Neom plays to its users. Through this, users are able to purchase what they need via the internet.
Time – the constant need to look for dates and time have triggered the reason why many internet-based companies have created applications that enables users to know where and when certain events will take place.
Government Data – the government has played a major supplier of information to websites. Internet applications that show information on GPS position, weather, satellite images, etc. have all been made possible by the supply that the government makes to internet-based companies like Neom.
Neom has a strong database that allows it to provide very good communication for its users. Through this database, the company is able to keep track of data it receives from its users. Upon receiving, it accesses then classifies every data according to efficiency.
This is a form of back-up database that is designed to inquire and analyze data received compared to processing transactions. In this database, historical data received is stored; in addition, storage of information that contains other sources can be stored here as well. In Neom, data warehousing is used as an analysis separator that distinguishes work-load and allows the company to stand a chance to merge its data with those of other sources. Its usefulness is found in data extraction, transformation, transportation, (ETL) loading solutions, and analyzing client tools. Data warehousing is characterized by time variant, integration, non-volatile, and orient subject.
Cloud Technology and Virtualization
Cloud technology is a term by internet-based companies to refer to a big group of parent servers that allow for storage of centralized data as well as access of online services rendered to computers. It is mainly classified into two namely private (hybrid) and public.
Virtualization is a term that is used to refer to technological advancement that allows for one serve to operate various computing environments individually.
Network Infrastructure and Security
Despite the fact that it is not easy to secure network infrastructure due to enormous transport options and cloud computing, Neom has made it possible to make communication one. The company has a joint policy that has made it possible to implement the necessary tools that unify end user communication. This has given Neom a secure network infrastructure that cannot be breached by anyone.
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